10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Manila (2021 Edition)
Presenting: The most date-friendly picks for the pandemic era.
(SPOT.ph) Being in—and maintaining—a relationship is no easy feat. As they say, it requires commitment and understanding; and if you and the L.O.Y.L. are still at it, then you definitely deserve to celebrate! If you’re going out of your way to dine out these days, you may as well go somewhere special—by which we mean somewhere with a great atmosphere and great food. You’ve come to the right place: we’ve rounded up the restaurants and other related dining concepts that you can visit with your special someone for a date you won’t forget.
These are the most date-worthy romantic restaurants in Manila:
Las Flores Dining+
Spanish establishment Las Flores goes even more intimate at Las Flores Dining+, a reservations-only dining spot in Makati. It has a modern, minimalist vibe and only 20 seats, so you and your S.O. can go ahead and whisper sweet nothings—or just gush about their excellent Spanish eats. Their menu includes everything from light pintxos and mixtos to paella to heavier mains, like the crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside Crispy Pork Belly (P995).
Las Flores Dining+ is at 9780 Kamagong Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City. For reservations, fill out the reservation form, contact 0995-846-9519, or send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Cabrera, Makati
Steak, anyone? Argentinian steakhouse La Cabrera’s Makati branch is the place to be. Inside, subdued lighting combines with playful touches like vintage mirrors, musical instruments, and picture frames on the walls to create an elegant but relaxed vibe. Alternatively, you can also dine al-fresco and savor the Makati breeze. You can start your meal with appetizers like the Chorizo Criollo (P790) or Provoleta (P890) before moving on to the literal meat of the matter—their steaks—among which are the Ojo de Bife (P3,480/500 grams, 4,995/800 grams) and Bife de Chorizo (P4,720/400 grams, P6,180/600 grams).
La Cabrera’s Makati branch is at Ayala Business Center, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Glorietta Complex, Makati City.
Hilton Manila’s Vubble Pods
If privacy and intimacy are important for you, you’ll want to book one of Hilton Manila’s Vubble Pods—special “pods” meant for recreational and dining purposes, equipped with a portable air conditioner! Rates start at P10,000 for two and inclusive of one welcome cocktail and a three-course wine-pairing menu, featuring a surf-and-turf entree of garlic butter prawns and ribeye steak or BBQ grilled tiger lobster.
Hilton Manila is at 1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City. For booking inquiries, contact 0917-893-7664.
This Chef Colin McKay-helmed restaurant is a popular date destination with its brooding, Art Deco-inspired interiors that are at once stylish but tranquil. You can also visit their al-fresco dining area if you prefer some fresh air. Their menu can be thought of as a cross between other Colin McKay restaurants People’s Palace and Sala, with Asian-inspired dishes taken out for a sophisticated spin—think bites of Prawn Scotch Eggs, Betel Leaves, and Coconut Chili Sambal (P280), or Grilled Shortrib, Green Onion and Ginger, Kimchi, Hot Bean Paste, Lettuce, and Rice (P980).
Blackbird is at the Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City.
Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar
If you’re looking to impress, it doesn’t get any more opulent than Caviar in Alabang, which screams “luxe” all over—from the lawson chairs to the extensive display of wines that’ll make the most hardcore of wine aficionados swoon. You can dig into fine French dishes like the Roasted Duck Leg Confit (P890) and Jack’s Creek Wagyu MB5 Ribeye (P3,350); if you really want to sweep your date off their feet, go for one of their caviar options, like the Beluga (P15,000/30 grams). Keep your eyes on their Facebook page as well, as they occasionally also bring in rare specials like Fine de Claire Oysters.
Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar is at Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City.
If your idea of the ideal date involves fresh air, great food, and a stunning view, consider going for the Sunset Bar in Sofitel Manila. It's located by the lagoon-inspired pool and natural tropical garden designed by Ildefonso P. Santos, and offers a picturesque view of the Manila Bay that's especially beautiful around the time the sun sets. Plus, you can go ham on grilled specialties that include meat and seafood skewers, burgers, and more.
Sunset Bar is at the Pool Area, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Pasay City.
Caruso Ristorante Italiano
Are you an old-fashioned romantic at heart? Take your date to Italian establishment Caruso, which goes for a classic, elegant vibe with crisp white linens and wooden accents. As for the food, they’re known for their true-to-tradition Italian dishes, like the Bucatini alla Amatriciana (P620) and Ossobuco di Vitello alla Minalese (P1,990).
Caruso Ristorante Italiano is at LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati.
The Peak shows a side of Manila you don’t encounter often—that is, a view of Manila from their roof-deck bar, which also happens to be the highest in town! It’s got a mix of industrial and traditional Filipino elements, which you can savor while feasting on classic continental eats. Start off with the La Royale Oysters (P1,395)—oysters are natural aphrodisiacs, ICYDK—then go for one of their meaty mains, like the Australian Wagyu Beef Rib Eye MS 6 (P3,800/300 grams) or Lamb Rack Herb Crust (P2,650/300 grams).
The Peak is at 60/F Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
If you’re looking to dine somewhere dim and (relatively) secluded, make it a date at Toyo Eatery. The contemporary Filipino establishment (which has been recognized internationally) has a brooding ambience that seamlessly combines elements of Filipino tradition with that of modern, industrial restaurants. This translates over to their food, which reimagines Filipino classics through a modern lens—that is, without having them lose their identity.
Toyo Eatery is at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Extension, Makati City.
Nikkei Nama Bar
Nikkei's BGC branch—dubbed the Nikkei Nama Bar—has a distinctive feel that’s simultaneously rustic yet chic, with plenty of sleek wooden elements as well as a bar. There’s a covered al-fresco area as well. They’ve got traditional Japanese eats like the Chirashi Sushi (P895), but definitely don’t miss their Japanese-Peruvian dishes—like the Fideo Saltado (P595) or with buta no kakuni (braised pork), shrimp, snapper, squid, vegetables, and egg yolk.
Nikkei Nama Bar is at One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
UPDATE (January 27, 4:30 p.m.): Lemuria has closed their Bonifacio Global City branch. The article has been updated to reflect that development.